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  • Attend the 2019 Troy Lecture

    On October 3rd, 2019 at 4:30PM, join us in hosting Natasha Trethewey for this year's annual Troy Lecture! Trethewey is a Pulitzer Prize-winner, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate, and alumna of the MFA for Poets and Writers here at UMass Amherst. 

  • Find your place in English Studies

    Learn more about how an English major, minor, or specialization can help you reach your goals. Find your place in our community! 

  • Why major in English? Here's what our students say.

    "English classes offer so much room for discussion and critical thought, and when I joined the English major, I immediately felt that. I felt like my voice was heard, and that I was more than just a number." 

    —Warren Charleston, UMass English 2019

  • Launch your writing career!

    Tap into our network of alumni mentors for career advice. Learn how to frame your writing skills for prospective employers!


André Alexis, MFA Visiting Faculty '19-'20, Longlisted for Scotiabank Giller Prize

September 19, 2019

André Alexis' novel, Days by Moonlight, is among the 12 books longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize, an prestigious annual $100,000 award that recognizes the best in Canadian fiction....

Stephen Clingman Publishes Articles and Delivers Invited Lectures

September 19, 2019

Stephen Clingman has published several articles and delivered a number of invited lectures recently. ...

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A Conversation with Roy Scranton: "We're Doomed. Now What?"

John W. Olver Design Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst
7:30 pm


Art in the Anthopocene: A Reading with Paperbark Literary Magazine

Old Chapel, University of Massachusetts Amherst
1:00 pm

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Thomas MacAlpine M.Ed. '03

"In terms of a career path, the best advice I can give is just to always be open. Don’t have the blinders on; you just never know where your education can take you."

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